Report: RPK may be using foreign passport


(The Star) – Fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin is suspected to have exited Malaysia using a foreign passport.

Utusan Malaysia, in a report yesterday, raised the possibility that Raja Petra, known as RPK, could have used a passport from a neighbouring country to flee to Britain.

News reports have said he is currently holed up at the posh Trinity Court Apartments in Gloucester Terrace, Bayswater, in London.

According to the Utusan report, the circumstances remained a “mystery” and that the Immigration Department was puzzled.

The report said the department still considered Raja Petra to be in Malaysia as there was no record of him leaving the country.

Immigration director-general Abdul Rahman Othman said checks had been conducted at all land and air exit points.

“I can only confirm that there is no record of Raja Petra passing through our immigration checkpoint,” said Abdul Rahman.

A source told Utusan that RPK could have slipped out of the country at any time if he was using a foreign passport.

“The passport might contain Raja Petra’s new identity and can be used as it is not a fake,” said the source.

It was earlier reported that the police had managed to trace Raja Petra’s movements. He had fled to Thailand illegally before flying off to Australia.

Two arrest warrants were issued against Raja Petra after he failed to turn up in court on April 23 and May 23 for his sedition trial over an article on his website allegedly defaming the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

He is also accused of defaming Rosmah and two others in a statutory declaration made at the Jalan Duta Court complex on June 18 last year.

The Sessions Court later granted him a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on Nov 11 and 13, as the police had yet to serve the warrant of arrest on him.